In the first ruling of its kind, the North Dakota attorney general has upheld the legality of the nation’s insurance regulators barring the public from certain sessions–an action several state legislators have questioned.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem’s ruling Friday, in response to a request by North Dakota Reps. George Keiser, R-Bismarck, and Frank Wald, R-Dickinson, found that North Dakota’s open meetings law did not apply to such sessions.

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